The Bible says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12) Generation Church is the Youth Ministry at The House of Prayer and comprises Middle School, High School, and College & Young Professionals. We believe that young people are the future and the next generation of the Church. Our mindset is that young people are capable of serving and leading in the Kingdom of God and in our church at a young age. Thus, we provide opportunities not only to be discipled, but to lead through service.
The Youth Ministry at The House of Prayer is designed for people 6th grade-25 years old. We hold a weekly service on Wednesday nights at 7:00 for people of these ages to connect with God and each other
through passionate worship, Bible-based preaching, personal Spirit-led altar ministry, fervent prayer, and an environment conducive to building meaningful friendships. We also conduct annual age-specific retreats, Youth Camp, and a regional Youth Conference, and weekly age-specific Connect Groups. The House of Prayer also operates an internship program for leaders called Kairos that is open to older age groups within the Youth Ministry.
Generation Church is the name of the Youth Ministry at The House of Prayer. The Bible gives many examples of young people that changed the world for God and served Him in their generation – Samuel, David, Daniel, and Timothy to list a few.Our VISION is the same as that of our entire church, because we are a part of the church and we believe that young people can take an active leadership role in the Kingdom of God just like any adult.Following are some of the ways that we minister to young people throughout the year:
- Generation Church: Weekly church service held on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30.
- Connect Groups: Age-Specific small groups that meet in homes at various times throughout the week.• Outreach Events: Opportunities to impact our community with the love of Jesus.
- Generation Camp: An annual camp with a spiritually intense focus.
- Generation Conference: An annual regional youth conference with a spiritually intense focus.
- GC Retreats: Annual age-specific retreat with a spiritually intense focus, but much shorter than Generation Camp
We believe in ministering to all generations. As mature members of the body of Christ, older members of our congregation have so much to offer experience, wis
dom, knowledge, gifts, and talents- to the other members and to our community. Our desire is to provide a place for people 55+ to be able to receive specific ministry that relates to their respective needs and interests, as well as provide a sense of community in order that ministry would naturally flow out to others as well.
This ministry is one of the most active in the entire church. At a time when so many are in need of wise counsel and proven leadership, it is vital that the people identified by this demographic take their place in the church and continue to provide ministry to those who need it. In the body of Christ, we believe that you graduate to different places in life to use your gifts and talents in various ways in multiple contexts.
Young at Heart is the name of our Seniors Ministry. They are a thriving group of individuals who believe that there is so much to do and to give in the Kingdom of God and that truly living and having fun should never stop. This group meets regularly throughout the week.
LOVING HANDS (Service & Community)
This ministry is also known as “Helps”. At The House of Prayer, we believe in the gift of helps and that we are all called to be servants in the Kingdom of God. Jesus was the greatest example of a servant. In fact, Philippians 2 says of Jesus, that he took on the very nature of a servant and humbled himself. Service is a way that we as believers show love to God, His body the Church, and the world around us. Service plays a very important role in all that we do, but it doesn’t stop with our actions because servants are who we are!
Service ministry comprises many different areas in our church. Greeters, Ushers, Parking Attendants, administrative support, and ministerial event support are all part of the service ministry. Needless to say, this ministry plays a very big role in the life of our church. Church services would look a great deal different without the vital support of our Service Ministry! This ministry enables the church to have church in a much
more effective way.
“Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.” ~Romans 15:17
The House of Prayer believes in having something to impact everyone. Our desire as a church is to minister to all of the groups that make up our congregation. While we are all one body and function and work together, as people we have both shared needs and needs specific to who we are. We value women and believe that they have a vital role in the life of the church.
At The House of Prayer the philosophy of women’s ministry is more appropriately “Women In Ministry”. The focus of the Women’s Ministry is on the Word of God as the source of our strength, thus ensuring that Christ is lifted up and glorified in women’s lives. This provides women with the reassurance, faith and hope they need to fulfill their destiny in Christ.
II John 5 “And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.”
Heart to Heart is the name of the Women’s Ministry at The House of Prayer. The goal of Heart 2 Heart is to prepare God’s women to walk in their destiny and purpose by providing opportunities for women to connect with Jesus Christ and each other, leaving an imprint on each heart for God, so that the whole body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
Heart to Heart provides fellowship, inspiration, support and instruction to women of the church, in groups, and in individual ministry. We always encourage bringing a friend, relative or co-worker to experience, with us, the sweet presence of God.
Heart to Heart is a dynamic and vital ministry that affects change in lives through monthly meetings, retreats, worship, prayer, bible studies, home groups, and special events. Through these components of the ministry, Heart to Heart offers a comprehensive ministry approach to women that helps them connect with their place in the corporate body, connect with God, and connect with others.
Worship is a lifestyle. John 4:23 states, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
We believe that we worship God in spirit through various Biblical expressions of worship such as:
- Clapping: “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” Psalm 47:1
- Singing: “Sing praises to God, sing praises…” Psalm 47:6
- Dancing: “Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him…” Psalm 149:3
- Lifting Hands: “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” Psalm 134:2
- Shouting: “May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy…” Psalm 35:27
- Kneeling: “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord” Psalm 95:6
- Playing Instruments: “Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet…” Psalm 150:3-6
To worship God in truth not only means with a heart of sincerity, but also through the everyday expression of our life. Essentially, this means to live a life to please God. Romans 12:2 states that we should offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God and that this is our spiritual act of worship. So worship effects every area of our lives and is truly a lifestyle for us as Christ-followers.
The purpose of the Worship Ministry is to create an atmosphere of true worship. God is a spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23). We will establish a lifestyle of Worship that will enable us to be more sensitive to the move of the Spirit as we continue to seek Him in prayer. Broken and contrite hearts, submissive to God’s will thus enable us to live a holy and consecrated life honoring our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Worship brings us from the outer court to the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God, and in this place no sickness dwells, and in His presence is fullness of joy; and at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalms 16:11).
We worship God for who He is, not just for what He has done. God wants us to be excited about praise. There are Hebrew terms that express how we should praise God, lifting up holy hands and bowing before Him in reverence and adoration. The Hebrew word used to describe God’s actions in rejoicing means, “to jump up and down and spin around in jubilant excitement”.